Smoke Free MB: Smoke-Free Public Areas, Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing and Tobacco Retail Permit

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Manhattan Beach Adopts Smoke-Free Policy for All Public Places

Breathe Free MB logoOn June 17, 2014, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted to adopt Ordinance 14-0008 (PDF) to prohibit smoking in all public places in the City of Manhattan Beach, and prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is not allowed.

The Smoke-Free Public Places ordinance became effective on July 18, 2014, and became eligible to be enforced after August 18, 2014. Under the ordinance, smoking will only be permitted in the following locations within the City, unless otherwise provided by state or federal law:

  1. Private residential property, other than those used as a child-care or health-care facility subject to State licensing requirements.

  2. In up to twenty percent of guest rooms in any hotel or motel that meets certain conditions.

  3. Within a moving vehicle.

To help educate the community about the ordinance, the City is promoting the "Breathe Free MB" educational campaign. Details on this initiative, as well as a summary of the key points of the ordinance, and the public health and environmental reasons for implementing a smoking ordinance can be found on the Fact Sheet (PDF). You can download the Breathe Free MB logo (PDF) and poster (PDF) here, or on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.  

The public is also encouraged to tweet pictures of local businesses that display the logo to #BreatheFreeMB to help promote the campaign. The ordinance is intended to be self-enforcing, and the City seeks the public's assistance in complying with the regulations. However, violations of the ordinance are infractions of the City's Municipal Code, and fines may be issued for violations of the ordinance. 

More information on the ordinance is available on this website, and in the Press Release (PDF). This website also lists several Resources to Help Quit Smoking.  

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policy

The City Council has taken action to expand protection of public health in Manhattan Beach, and on October 20, 2015, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 15-0019 (PDF) to institute a smoke-free multi-unit housing program. The ordinance does not permit smoking inside any units or in any outdoor areas of a multi-unit housing property. This policy is in line with the City’s existing ordinance on smoke-free public places, and the Breathe Free MB educational campaign on smoking outdoors.

Ordinance Timeline

  • May 5, 2017- All multi-unit housing in Manhattan Beach will be smoke-free, and that non-smoking signage will be posted to notify tenants that the properties are non-smoking.
  • After November 5, 2016-  Prior to the effective date of a new lease or of an amendment that extends the term; a Landlord shall provide a written notice clearly stating that as of May 5, 2017, smoking is prohibited in the rental complex. All rental properties will be required to include in their lease agreements language stating that all units are smoke-free as of May 5, 2017.
  • HOAs will have until November 5, 2016- To provide written notice to their homeowners, and amend their rules and regulations to include the smoke-free policy.

Tobacco Retail Permit

To encourage responsible retailing of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in Manhattan Beach, the City Council adopted the Tobacco Retail Ordinance (PDF) on December 1, 2015. This policy became effective on January 1, 2016. The intent of the Tobacco Retail Ordinance is to protect public health, and encourage responsible retailing of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in Manhattan Beach. The ordinance requires that all tobacco retailers obtain a tobacco retail permit from the City and discontinue the sale of some flavored tobacco or electronic cigarette products. Menthol, mint, spearmint and wintergreen flavors will still be allowed to be sold to customers who are legally allowed to purchase these products. Retailers will not be allowed to obtain a permit if they are within 500 feet of a school.

The Tobacco Retailer Permit Application (PDF) is available on this website, and from any Planner at the Community Development Department public counter.

Manhattan Beach is given an "A" rating by the American Lung Association

On February 3, 2016, the American Lung Association announced that the City of Manhattan Beach achieved an “A” rating for its Overall Tobacco Control grade in the “State of Tobacco Control 2016” report.  This rating took into account quality of outdoor air, smoke-free housing, and reduction of tobacco product sales.

In the past year, the City took steps to expand its successful Breathe Free MB campaign by adopting the Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policy and establishing its own Tobacco Retail Permit. When these policies are in full effect, all multi-unit housing will be smoke-free, and tobacco retailers will be required to obtain a permit and limit the tobacco and electronic cigarette products that can be sold in the community.

Manhattan Beach was one of only seven cities in Los Angeles County who received an “A” rating due to the significant measures adopted by the City Council. The City’s continued focus on improving public health and well-being of the environment has led to this accomplishment, and highlights the Manhattan Beach community as a local leader on these issues.

 For questions about the Smoke-Free Public Places ordinance, the Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing ordinance, or the Breathe Free MB educational campaign, please contact the City's Community Development Department at (310) 802-5055.

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